Mar 202017

Further to the text that was sent out last week I take this opportunity to remind you to please ensure that all external gates to the Family Centre are closed when you are dropping off and picking up your child.

Although you may feel that you are being rude doing this when another parent is coming it is extremely important that for the safety of all the children at the Family Centre we get into the habit of closing these.

We would also remind you that dogs are not allowed within the Family Centre grounds and it would also be appreciated if you do not tie your dog to the railing/fences outside as not only can this be intimidating to small children it can also be a hazard when parents have to try and negotiate around them without walking on the road.

Mar 202017

I would take this opportunity to welcome our new Child Development Officer, Mrs Lauren Lindsay. I am sure many of you have met her and know that she will be the new key worker for the pink group.  Mrs Janette McLure and Mrs Zareen Rafay were with us on a temporary basis and their contract will cease as of the end of March.  We would like to thank Mrs McLure and Mrs Rafay for all their hard work and dedication.

We will also have another Child Development Officer joining our team this week, Miss Victoria Stevenson who will be working with the children in Playroom 2 and we look forward to her joining our team.

Mar 132017

All parents will have received an e-mail in relation to our holiday wrap for the Easter break. 

This is available to all children attending an East Renfrewshire nursery. 

If this is of interest to you please complete the paperwork and return to the office. 

If you have not received the paperwork please see Denise.

Feb 282017

Active Kids is back! Vouchers are available to collect from Sainsbury’s stores, petrol stations and grocery online until 2nd May.  

Please help us to collect vouchers which we can exchange for more fantastic equipment and active experiences.

You can find our voucher collection box in the entrance to the Family Centre.

Feb 082017

Madras Family Centre will be closed on Friday, 10th February for an In Service Day.

We will also be closed to term time children on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the following week for Mid Term (unless holiday provision has been booked).

We will return as normal on Thursday, 16th February. 

Jan 092017

Enrolment for Primary School

If your son or daughter is aged five between 1 March 2017 and the end of February 2018, you should attend the school you wish to register your child between 1.30pm and 3.00pm any day during the week of Monday 16th January to Friday 20th January 2017.

You will be required to bring the following:

  • Your child’s birth certificate.
  • Your child benefit statement.
  • Utility bill or bank statement (with transactions in the last 3 months registered to your home address).
  • Current Council Tax Notice for your residence
  • Mortgage statement or signed and independently witnessed residency/tenant agreement for at least 1 year.


If you do not have current documents, we ask you still to report to the school to enrol your child. Your child will be provisionally enrolled until you have provided us with all the required documents.

Dec 212016

The Education Committee approved the recent consultation on proposed new arrangements to school admissions, the transfer of pupils from primary to secondary school and placing requests.

School admissions, pupil transfers from primary to secondary and placing requests will be administered in line with the new arrangements from January 2017 and beyond.  Any placing request applications for school places in academic session 2017-18 submitted before January 2017 will be accepted however, please note that they will be processed in line with the new policy; there will be no need for parents/carers to submit another application. 

As part of the changes to our arrangements, an online facility is now available for the submission of placing requests; please find the link below:


Dec 202016

Madras Family Centre will close to term time children  on Wednesday, 21st December 2016. 

We will reopen at normal session times on Thursday, 5th January 2017.

From all the staff team at Madras Family Centre we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Dec 072016

Its Tinsel/Santa Hat Day in the Family Centre on Friday, 9th December!  All children are welcome to come to nursery wearing a Santa hat or tinsel and bring in a packet for our Christmas Hamper.

Nov 302016
It’s “Onesie Day” on Friday, 2nd December at the Family Centre. 
All children are invited to come to nursery wearing their favourite onesie and bring in a tin as a donation to our Christmas Hamper.


Nov 302016

Madras Family Centre Nativity tickets will be on sale from Thursday, 1st December 2016. 

These will be sold at a cost of £2.00 each and will be strictly two per child due to health and safety requirements within the Church Hall. 

Unfortunately there will be no option to purchase more at a later date.

Nov 302016

From 5th of December 2016, a person smoking in a car which is carrying passengers under 18 years of age will be breaking the law. Offenders could face a £100 fixed penalty fine.

The Smoking Prohibition (Children in Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Act 2016, creates a new criminal offence, committed by any adult (aged 18 or over), where that adult smokes in a private motor vehicle in the presence of a child (under 18 years of age), while that vehicle is in a public place. The aim of the legislation is to protect children and young people from the harmful effects of exposure to second-hand smoke (SHS) in a confined space.

Exposure to second-hand smoke in cars involves higher concentrations of health-threatening chemicals than in larger, open areas. Even if the windows are opened or air conditioning is used, harmful particles can remain in the atmosphere long after the visible smoke has disappeared. The restriction of a vehicle also means individuals are unable to move away from the smoke.

We all have an obligation to protect children and young people from the risks to their life and health, caused by the exposure to second hand smoke and ensure that every child in Scotland has the best start in life. Growing up in a smoke-free environment is an important part of that.

The Scottish Government hope that the introduction of this legislation will help their drive to cut the number of children exposed to second-hand smoke to 6 per cent by 2020. This is a momentous step in pulling Scotland on the path to becoming a tobacco-free generation.

For more information, visit the Healthier Scotland website.

Nov 292016

On Friday we took part in Children in Need.  All of our children were asked to wear something spotty to nursery and bring in a donation.   Many thanks to all the parents/carers who generously donated.  We managed to raise the fantastic sum of:



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Nov 292016

On Wednesday, 30th November 2016 we will be celebrating St Andrews Day within the Family Centre.  Children are welcome to wear something tartan to nursery and donate a bottle for our Christmas Hamper. 

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